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BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 02 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:S3-7103

“Intelligence” tests which underlie many common assumptions about ability divide the mental sphere into domains that have traditionally been regarded as disparate: intellect, personality, and interests. A meta-analysis appearing in Psychological Bulletin (1997;121:219-245) suggests that there is considerable overlap between these domains and that strength in any single domain was no guarantee of academic success. The authors find it necessary to propose new constructs such as “intellectence,” which unite cultural and creative interests, to describe varying powers of “concept mastery.” Their findings have implications for all those involved in academic or employment selection.

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